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Staff Reporter. The Portfolio Committee on Basic Education says it is satisfied with the overall preparedness of the Gauteng Department of Education to begin the 2021 academic year. The committee made the remarks following an oversight visit to the province on Monday to assess school readiness for the academic year.…
Staff Reporter. KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has announced that the Oxford University Astra-Zeneca vaccine, which arrived in South Africa on Monday, is expected to arrive in the province around 14 February 2021. Outlining KwaZulu-Natal’s Vaccine Roll-Out Plan during a virtual media briefing on Tuesday, Zikalala said that the province has…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Government has launched its electronic vaccination data system (EVDS) for South Africa, allowing qualifying people to sign up for a Covid-19 vaccine. The EVDS system aims to assist in both the management and surveillance of the Covid-19 vaccine. Among other features, the EVDS will provide and track…
Staff Reporter. Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane has noted with concern reports alleging the involvement of a member of her family in a company believed to be the distributing agent for the COVID-19 vaccine. In a statement released on Tuesday, the Mpumalanga provincial government said no member of the Premier’s family…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Ford Motor Company says it will increase its presence in South Africa, with plans to invest R15.8 billion and create 1,200 jobs in the coming years. This investment is the largest the US automaker has made in South Africa in its 97-year history in the country,…
Staff Reporter. The South African government will nominate the Cuban Medical Brigade for the Nobel Peace Prize following its assistance in the fight against the spread of COVID-19. The development was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address to the nation on Monday night. "In recognition of this effort, the South…
The state capture inquiry will continue to hear Parliamentary Oversight testimony today. Former chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises, Zukiswa Rantho, is expected to testify. The commission will also hear evidence from Member of Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services, James Selfe, and former ANC MP Dr…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has published a new gazette which provides further details around South Africa’s relaxed level 3 lockdown and the changes to some restrictions. The gazette gives effect to the national address given by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday evening…
The number of Covid-19-related cases identified in South Africa has dropped to 2 548 from 4 525 yesterday. The cumulative number of Covid-19 cases stands at 1 456 309, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said in a statement on Monday. A total of 235 new fatalities were reported, compared to 213…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Pixabay. President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that South Africa’s adjusted level 3 lockdown regulations will be relaxed following a decline in Covid-19 transmissions. In a national address tonight, Ramaphosa said that the country has recorded its lowest daily increase in infections since December, and that…
Staff Reporter. The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has launched its E-Compliance Certificate online system. This will enable employers, small businesses and entrepreneurs to apply for a UIF compliance certificate (tender letter) online, the fund said. From Monday (1 February), clients can visit uifcompliance.labour.gov.za or www.labour.gov.za and click on "UIF e-Compliance…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa saw a marked decline in rhino poaching during 2020, with the killing of rhino declining by 33%. "While the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the battle to beat the COVID-19 pandemic contributed in part to the decrease in rhino poaching in 2020, the role of rangers and…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 20h00 today on developments in relation to the country’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Today’s address follows meetings in recent days of the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC), the President’s Coordinating Council (PCC) and Cabinet. The country has recorded…
Staff Reporter. The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has assured social grant beneficiaries that SASSA cards will not stop working on 31 March 2021. This comes after social media misinformation and claims that SASSA-SAPO [South African Post office] cards will expire on 31 March 2021. SASSA has refuted the…
Staff Reporter. The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) -- developer and operator of the Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ) -- has signed four new investors that are estimated to be valued in excess of R49 million, and are expected to create about 100 new jobs. CDC Unit Head of Marketing, Brand…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The first one million doses of Covid-19 vaccine has arrived at the OR Tambo International Airport on Monday afternoon. President Cyril Ramaphosa and Deputy President David Mabuza, who chairs the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Vaccines, is to receive South Africa’s first consignment of the COVID-19 vaccine at OR…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Presidency has confirmed President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 8pm on Monday, February 1 regarding developments in relation to the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. This comes after a meeting of the presidential coordinating council on Sunday, January 31. The address will be broadcast…
Staff Reporter. Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Basic Education will travel to a number of schools across the country this week to assess their readiness for the 2021 academic year. The oversight visits will be conducted in key provinces including Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape, with a key focus likely to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former president Jacob Zuma is defying a Constitutional Court order and will not cooperate with the State Capture Commission. He said in a statement he's not afraid of being arrested, convicted or imprisoned. Zuma personally issued (not from his legal team or his foundation as usual), he…
Staff Reporter. Department of Health deputy director-general Dr Anban Pillay says that South Africa’s key politicians could be among the first in the country to receive a Covid-19 vaccine as a way of reassuring the public of its safety. In an interview with the SABC, Pillay said that healthcare workers…
The state capture inquiry is for the first time expecting to hear evidence from members of the opposition party. DA Chief Whip Natasha Mazzone is expected to testify. She is also a former member of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises. Also expected to appear before the commission is former…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Pixabay. The ban on the sale of alcohol is expected to be lifted when the country moves to a lower Covid-19 lockdown level this week. This as cabinet is expected to ease Covid-19 restrictions, which will see the country move to Alert Level 2. Sources…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa and Deputy President David Mabuza will receive the first batch of COVID-19 vaccine that is expected to land in South Africa on Monday. The first shipment of India-made COVID-19 vaccines is en route to South Africa as the countdown to their arrival in South…
South Africa has recorded 4 525 new Covid-19 cases and 213 deaths, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Sunday. "As of today the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases identified on South Africa is 1,453 761 with 4,525 new cases identified since the last report." Mkhize said a further 213 more…
Staff Reporter. The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) in Gauteng on Sunday said Premier David Makhura should consider stepping aside as he faced allegations of being involved in a corrupt personal protective equipment (PPE) procurement scandal. Makhura on Saturday said he was willing to subject himself to ANC rules…
Staff Reporter. South Africa's national coronavirus command council was holding what government sources have described as a "regular" meeting and the meeting comes as the rate of infections has been on a steady decline in the past week. The National Coronavirus Command Council met on Wednesday. The meeting comes as…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Esa Alexander. ANC NEC member Zizi Kodwa has welcomed the ANC's integrity commission's reports that cleared him of any wrongdoing after his name came up at the State Capture Commission. Last year, the commission heard how Kodwa received questionable payments from technology group EOH Holdings…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) has confirmed that the first shipment of Covid-19 vaccines are en route to South Africa from India. "The first shipment of one million doses of the Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine from the Serum Institute of India (SII) left the Chhatrapati…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Police have arrested six suspects after being found in possession of ivermectin tablets worth R6 million at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg . The suspects - four men and two women - all arrived on flights from India. Police spokesperson Colonel Athlenda Mathe said the latest…
Staff Reporter. South Africa is set to receive an additional 20 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine from pharmaceutical giant Pfizer. Health minister Zweli Mkhize told the Sunday Times that these vaccines have been secured and that government was now just awaiting manufacturers to submit final agreements with details of delivery…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Fullview has been reliably informed that the African National Congress (ANC) Interim Provincial Committee (IPC) in North West has suspended the membership of Premier Job Mokgoro and others in the provincial legislature. It emerged on Saturday that the committee had decided to suspend Mokgoro’s membership but the…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize in his daily update said that the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa has risen by 5 297 over the past 24 hours, and 318 more deaths have been recorded during the same period. The cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in the country now…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. File: Gauteng Department of Health MEC Dr Nomathemba Mokgethi . The Gauteng Health Department confirmed it served Tembisa Hospital CEO Dr Lekopane Mogaladi with a notice to place him on precautionary suspension. This is after a damning report by Health Ombudsman Professor Malekgapuru Makgoba which found that…
Staff Reporter. The Gauteng Traffic Police in Krugersdorp have arrested three men in two separate incidents, for being in possession of cash that could not be accounted for. The suspects, who face charges of money laundering, were arrested during a random stop and search operation conducted on the R41 road…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has terminated the contracts of three senior executives with immediate effect. The move follows a review of the employment contracts of executives and senior managers. All executives at Prasa are employed for a period not exceeding five years, with…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Government’s budget allocation for basic education is under increased pressure, as a growing number of parents with children at fee-paying public schools find they can no longer afford school fees. This is according to TPN Credit Bureau, which said that collecting fees is the biggest challenge facing…
Staff Reporter. African Union (AU) chairperson, President Cyril Ramaphosa, has endorsed the Digital Platform for the Safety of Journalists in Africa. "We support and endorse this initiative to give practical support to the right of all Africans to freely receive information, and to express and disseminate their views," the President…
Staff Reporter. The KwaZulu-Natal provincial government has placed uMkhanyakude and Nquthu Municipalities under administration in a bid to prevent the collapse of governance and bring back stability and order. The decision was taken during the first Provincial Executive Council (PEC) virtual meeting for this year, held this week. Provincial government…
Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases identified on South Africa now stands at 1 443 939. This is an increase of 6 141 new cases identified and the cumulative total of tests conducted to date is 8 203 584 with …
Staff Reporter. The Department of Health has discouraged the use of Ivermectin vaccine for management of COVID-19, until the study on its efficacy and safety is concluded. In a statement, the department spokesperson Popo Maja said that the National Essential Medicines List Committee (NEMLC) COVID-19 Sub-Committee has carefully considered all…
Staff Reporter. Hlaudi Motsoeneng, has been ordered to pay back more than R800 000 which had been used to pay for legal fees while he was in the employ of the SABC. According to the Special Investigating Unit, the order, granted by the High Court in Gauteng, stated that Motsoeneng…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The state capture commission has welcomed a Constitutional Court ruling that former president Jacob Zuma must appear before the commission. ConCourt ordered Zuma to abide by a summons and appear to give evidence before the commission. The unanimous decision of the court means that should Zuma not…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Three ministers were fingered for actively aiding the collapse of the State Security Agency (SSA) during former president Jacob Zuma’s years. Former state security ministers Siyabonga Cwele, David Mahlobo and Bongani Bongo were accused at the state capture commission of using the agency to advance the interests…
Staff Reporter. Gauteng is starting to see a decline in COVID-19 cases and while this is welcomed, the province is concerned about the high number of hospitalised patients. "The other numbers are going down but we still have too many people who are in hospitals, so we’re not celebrating as…
Staff Reporter. The Electoral Commission says it has begun its final phase of preparations to implement the Political Party Funding Act (Act 6 of 2018) from 1 April 2021. This follows the announcement last week by President Cyril Ramaphosa of the coming into effect of the Act from that date.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has paid tribute to Jazz and Opera Musician, Dr Sibongile Khumalo, for advocating for the rights of performing arts, women, as well as human rights. Khumalo, an esteemed member of the Order of Ikhamanga, passed away on Thursday, at the age of 63. "This…
The Special Provincial State Funeral of Legendary jazz icon and activist Jonas Gwangwa is being held in Johannesburg. Live stream below: Video Courtesy of SABC.
Staff Reporter. The Stellenbosch municipal council says it will commence with an investigation into the use and generation of alternate electricity energy supplies as a way of avoiding Eskom and load shedding. The decision puts Stellenbosch in the lead to potentially become the first municipality in the country to eliminate…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The appointment of Dr Xiaomei Havard, a Chinese-born South African businesswoman, as a member of Parliament (MP) following the passing of minister Jackson Mthembu in the National Assembly has been met with mixed reactions. ANC parliamentary office announced on Wednesday that Mthembu’s position in the national assembly…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The family of iconic jazz singer Dr Sibongile Khumalo has on Thursday evening confirmed that she died of stroke related complications. "It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr Sibongile Khumalo our iconic, world-celebrated South African singer, affectionately known as Ma’Mngoma (24 September…
Health minister Dr Zwelini Mkhize has confirmed that South Africa now has a cumulative number of 1 437 798 Covid cases. This is an increase of 7 150 new cases recorded in the country and the cumulative total of tests conducted to date is 8 156 239 with 48 406 …
Staff Reporter. The Democratic Alliance’s, Nqaba Bhanga, has been officially elected as the mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay, following a court-ordered process. The party's provincial leader secured 62 of the 119 votes, beating the EFF's Amandlagawethu Madaka (57) to reclaim the mayoral seat. One council seat remains vacant and…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The first known discovery of the coronavirus variant initially identified in the UK has been detected in South Africa. The announcement of the first local case with the B.1.1.7 variant was made during a WHO Africa press briefing earlier on Thursday. "We have just reported the first…
Staff Reporter. Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu has urged the Gauteng Department of Health to swiftly act on the recommendations contained in the report released by the Health Ombudsman. Minister Mchunu urged the Gauteng Health Department to work towards improving the conditions and service offerings of all hospitals…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Rebuilding of the country’s economic recovery plan and reconstruction programme will take centre stage at the virtual Cabinet Lekgotla, which started on Thursday. Addressing the media on the agenda of a three-day meeting, Acting Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni said government is focussing on the rebuilding…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. The South African government is facing mounting legal challenges to its lockdown regulations as businesses, civil society groups and opposition parties target issues from the prohibition on the sale of alcohol to the planned rollout of vaccines. Government is already fighting a number of court…
Staff Reporter. The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has extended the filing season deadline for provisional taxpayers from 29 January to 15 February. In a statement, the revenue collector said the decision was based on the unprecedented health challenge of Covid-19. "In line with SARS’ communication on steps taken to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa says the COVID-19 pandemic has had a severe impact on African economies, on public health and on the AU system itself. "It is therefore more critical than ever that we step up our collaboration on all fronts as we drive the…
Staff Reporter. President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Dr Somadoda Fikeni for a five-year term of office as Commissioner of the Public Service Commission. The President made this appointment in terms of Section 196(7)(a), read with Section 196(10) of the Constitution. The Public Service Commission derives its mandate from Sections 195…
Staff Reporter. National Treasury director-general Dondo Mogajane says that South Africa is considering a number of options to finance the Covid-19 vaccine. Mogajane told a press briefing on Wednesday (28 January) that this will include possible tax hikes. He said that the government would also look at increasing borrowing or…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana The Constitutional Court has ordered former President Jacob Zuma to appear and give evidence before the state capture commission of inquiry on dates determined by it. It further ordered the former president to obey all directives issued by the commission and ruled that he did not have…
The state capture inquiry continue hearing State Security Agency-related evidence from an unidentified witness. On Wednesday, Ms K testified that she and other officials investigating corruption at the SSA received threats and were intimidated. Ms K was part of Project Veza which investigated criminality and irregularities within the State Security…
The Constitutional Court is making its ruling on whether former President Jacob Zuma is legally obliged to appear and give evidence at the state capture commission. Livestream: ConCourt rules on Zuma appearance at state capture inquiry: Video Courtesy of SABC.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. File Photo. A team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) held virtual meetings with the South African government this week to discuss recent economic developments and the outlook of the economy. While the meeting primarily focused on the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact, the IMF also drew…
Health minister Dr Zwelini Mkhize confirmed that South Africa's cumulative Covid-19 cases have increased by 7 070 in the last 24 hours bringing total number of Covid-19 cases to 1 430 648. The cumulative total of tests conducted to date is 8 107 833 with 49 065 new tests conducted…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said on Thursday night during a webinar on vaccine inoculation, that AstraZeneca's 1.5 million Covid-19 vaccine doses will leave India, from the Serum Institute of India, on Sunday. The plane carrying SA's first batch of Covid-19 vaccines will leave India on January…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The ministerial advisory committee (MAC) on Covid-19 has told Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize that government must abolish the practice of wrapping coffins of the Covid-19 dead. The committee said unlike Ebola, Covid-19 cannot be transmitted from a corpse. It also stressed that the Centers for Disease…
Staff Reporter. Water levels in the Integrated Vaal River System (IVRS) have continued to surge this week, rising to steady levels as the system gets replenished by persistent rains. The IVRS consists of 14 dams that provide water to some parts of Gauteng, including households and industries, such as Eskom…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande has instructed HIGHER HEALTH to create a Post School Education and Training (PSET) strategy that is aligned with, and supports the Health Department’s phased national strategy and coordinate its subsequent roll out of COVID-19 vaccines. "The…
Staff Reporter. Government has provided the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board with a number of alternatives to consider in relation to its retrenchment process. Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, together with the Minister of Employment and Labour, Thulas Nxesi, held respective meetings with organised labour, the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. African Union chair President Cyril Ramaphosa is addressing the Bureau of Heads of State and government-endorsed Covid-19 vaccine strategy that was endorsed in August 2020. The strategy aims to immunise at least 60% of the African population with vaccines that have been proven to…
Staff Reporter. The Presiding Officers of Parliament have announced that given the current COVID-19 regulations, this year’s State of the Nation Address will be different, with no SONA red carpet, ceremonial guard and many other activities associated with the event. Only 50 people will be allowed in the National Assembly…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has given the green light for the controlled use of Ivermectin for humans. This comes after the authority earlier this month warned the public against the use of the drug, as it was not confirmed for COVID-19 infection management.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health ombudsman Professor Malegapuru Makgoba has found that the death of Covid-19 patient Shonisani Lethole, who complained of starving at the Tembisa Hospital, was marred by substandard and negligent care for the patient. Makgoba has also found that the patient, who tweeted Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, complaining…
Staff Reporter. Caption: March 2003. South Africa. Kemp J Kemp, advocate to Jacob Zuma. Kemp and Zuma at his rape trial in the constitutional court. The Legal Practice Council has confirmed that prominent lawyer Advocate Kemp J Kemp has died after contracting COVID-19. Kemp, who was arguably best known for…
Staff Reporter. Life Healthcare has announced the formation of a vaccine task team in preparation for the imminent arrival of South Africa’s Covid-19 vaccines. In a voluntary trading update on Wednesday (27 January), the group said that the team has delivered a detailed operational plan for the vaccination of its…
Staff Reporter. President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Minister of Small Business Development, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, as Acting Minister in the Presidency: Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation until further notice. The Minister will continue to perform her responsibilities as Minister of Small Business Development while acting as Minister in The Presidency. This appointment,…
Staff Reporter. Cosatu has called on government to lift the temporary prohibition on the sale of alcohol in South Africa and instead move towards more permanent changes. The federation said that it supported the temporary banning of the sale of alcohol under alert lockdown level 3 to enable government healthcare…
The State Capture Commission will continue to hear testimony about the State Security Agency. It will be from an unidentified witness. On Tuesday, SSA acting director-general Loyiso Jafta told the inquiry that agency funds were used to fund ANC factions. There was awkward drama before his testimony when his boss,…
Staff Reporter. Trade union Solidarity has written to the World Health Organisation raising concerns around the South African government’s plans to promote black empowerment through the rollout of vaccines. This comes after Afrikaans newspaper Rapport reported that president Cyril Ramaphosa recently told an ANC top six meeting that the rollout…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday launched a R1.2 billion fund aimed at boosting recovery in the tourism industry. Speaking at the virtual launch of the Tourism Equity Fund (TEF), Ramaphosa said many jobs in the tourism and associated sectors in the value chain have been shed. As…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Employment and Labour is relaxing some of its processes in order to avoid long queues at its centres in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through its entity, the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), the department in the Eastern Cape -- one of the worst affected…
Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that 6,041 new Covid-19 infections had been recorded in the past 24 hours, taking the cumulative national total to 1,423,578 cases. The cumulative total of tests conducted to date is 8 058 768 with 39 529 new tests conducted since the…
Staff Reporter. The VBS Mutual Bank case is headed for the High Court. The case came briefly before the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday morning, when it was postponed due to additional suspects, that the state has its eye on, to be added and for transfer to the High…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Thembinkosi Dwayisa. The Office of the Auditor-General of South Africa briefed Parliament’s portfolio committee on agriculture, land reform and rural development on Tuesday. The inability of the Ingonyama Trust and its board to improve on poor audit outcomes has come under the spotlight in Parliament. The…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Simphiwe Nkwali. Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has on Tuesday called for an investigation following the emergence of an eye-watering amount spent to disinfect Gauteng schools. An investigation by Daily Maverick brought to light a report by the department revealing that more than R430 million…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Despite recent vaccine approvals, lifting hopes of a turnaround in the pandemic later in 2021, renewed waves and new variants of the Covid-19 virus pose concerns for the outlook global economic outlook, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Amid exceptional uncertainty, the global economy is projected…
Staff Reporter. The City of Ekurhuleni says its environmental health practitioners (EHP) continue to monitor funeral undertakers and mortuary premises amidst the ongoing fight against COVID-19. EHPs are the first line of defence, through education and inspections, to protect residents against pandemics and ill health. Member of Mayoral Committee for…
Staff Reporter. With Cyclone Eloise having subsided on Monday evening, the national and provincial governments in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal have activated relief interventions to assist communities left devastated by the cyclone. The tropical rains experienced in the three provinces over the weekend were a culmination of Cyclone Eloise, which…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Moeletsi Mabe. The minister of state security Ayanda Dlodlo’s attempt to halt the evidence of the State Security Agency’s (SSA) acting director-general (DG) Loyiso Jafta was dismissed by the state capture inquiry’s chairperson Raymond Zondo. Jafta is already on the stand to present his testimony. .…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has warned against 'vaccine nationalism', saying that it risks endangering the recovery of not only countries like South Africa, but all nations. Vaccine nationalism is where wealthier countries effectively hoard Covid-19 vaccines for their own citizens, freezing out less prosperous countries such as South…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The evidence being led this week at the state capture inquiry was the focus on the State Security Agency. Further details of widespread abuse is expected to emerge. On Monday, Sydney Mufamadi described how the State Security Agency was abused while Jacob Zuma was president. Mufamadi led…
Staff Reporter. The City of Tshwane says teams are on standby to respond to any outages and disruptions as a result of Tropical Cyclone Eloise. In a statement on Monday, Tshwane Executive Mayor, Randall Williams, said teams across the City of Tshwane are working constantly to ensure that they respond…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Esa Alexander. The state capture commission has heard how the State Security Agency spent millions on projects, including influencing the outcome of former President Jacob Zuma’s cases, testing his food for toxins and infiltrating the media. This came as Mufamadi took the stand and testified…
South Africa has recorded 4 551 new Covid-19 cases, taking the country's cumulative number of cases to 1 417 537. Department of Health has also announced 243 more COVID-19-related deaths. "Eastern Cape 65; Free State 18; Gauteng 33; Kwa-Zulu Natal 60; Mpumalanga 5; Northern Cape 5 and Western Cape 57."…
Staff Reporter. Mpumalanga premier Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane has apologised for not wearing a mask at Jackson Mthembu's funeral at the weekend. In a statement released on Monday evening: Mtsweni-Tsipane said "I have noted social media and media reports revealing moments where I was walking around without a mask. I have since…
Staff Reporter. Statistics South Africa has published its latest report on liquidations and insolvencies, with the data showing an annual decrease in both categories. However, the impact of the Coivd-19 pandemic and lockdowns was clearly felt for many businesses in the latter part of 2020, with a substantial increase in…
Staff Reporter. Tropical storm Eloise has not had any major effect on Eskom’s operations as it wreaks havoc across Mpumalanga, Limpopo and parts of KwaZulu-Natal. However, according to Eskom, the power utility will continue to monitor the storm and its impact on operations. "On Sunday night, the storm passed through…
Staff Reporter. Workers are going to suffer the most from the overwhelming caseloads at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) over the next few years, especially now that part-time commissioners are no longer resolving disputes. "When a worker is up against an employer representative, and you have a…
Staff Reporter. Lack of peer contact and motivation have emerged as two of the key challenges that faced higher education students last year after institutions took teaching online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns, a survey has shown. The in-depth survey, conducted by The Independent Institute of Education…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The late Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu, has been hailed as a gentle and humble public servant, who committed his life to serving the nation. These were among the glowing accolades attached to the life of the Minister during a virtual memorial service on Monday. The…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Stock Photo. The Department of Basic Education has confirmed the updated 2021 return dates for both public and private schools in South Africa. In a gazette published this weekend, Basic education minister Angie Motshekga indicated that the return of students will be staggered, with private school…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) says plans are in place for the imminent impact of Tropical Cyclone Eloise. "Tropical Cyclone Eloise has been in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region for a while and has mainly been over the island States, with the possibility of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says that South Africa will soon receive its first consignment of Covid-19 vaccines from the Serum Institute in India, the world’s largest vaccine producer. Writing in his weekly open letter to the public, Ramaphosa said that the consignment will signal the start of a…
Staff Reporter. President Cyril Ramaphosa has described the passing of Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu, as a great tragedy, particularly at a time when government is striving to return to a path of integrity, selfless service and transformation. Mthembu, who passed away on Thursday due to COVID-19 related complications,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. File Photo. The state capture inquiry resumes today, with State Security Agency (SSA) related evidence from the former chairperson of the government's high-level review panel, Sydney Mufamadi. In 2019, President Cyril Ramaphosa authorised the publication of the panel's report on the SSA. The review panel was appointed…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Gallo Images, US president Joe Biden will introduce new travel restrictions for the United States on Monday, including a ban on travel to and from South Africa. A senior US health official told Reuters that the ban would prevent most non-US citizens from entry if…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says that the Lekgotla has agreed that, in the context of the continuing COVID pandemic, they need to consider the extension of basic income relief to unemployed people who do not receive any other form of state assistance. Rampahosa said consideration for the grant…
Staff Reporter. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize confirmed that South Africa's identified 8,147 new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, with 300 more deaths being recorded. Mkhize said 300 more COVID-19 related deaths: Eastern Cape 43 , Free State 15, Gauteng 45, Kwa-Zulu Natal 70, Mpumalanga 6, North West 14,…
Staff Reporter. President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed his deep sadness at the passing of award winning jazz musician, Jonas Gwangwa, on Saturday. Aged 83, the esteemed Member of the Order of Ikhamanga was a globally recognised and awarded composer, arranger, producer and jazz trombonist. In a statement, President Ramaphosa said…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Mpumalanga Premier, Refilwe Mthsweni-Tsipane, has apologised after she was filmed not wearing a mask at the cemetery where Jackson Mthembu was being laid to rest. Mtshweni-Tsipane claims she did not know the mask had fallen off. Footage taken after the funeral shows her arriving at the cemetery…
Staff Reporter. Tropical Storm Eloise has made landfall in Limpopo this morning, causing widespread flooding and destruction across the province. The extreme weather system has also sparked chaos on the roads, with several major routes – and many around Kruger National Park – now closed off: This is due to…
Staff Reporter. South Africa has welcomed the entry into force of the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. "On Friday it marked a turning point in humanity’s endeavour to rid the world of nuclear weapons. It is the culmination of that very first UN Generally Assembly resolution…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has described the passing of Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu, as a great tragedy, particularly at a time when government is striving to return to a path of integrity, selfless service and transformation. Ramaphosa delivered the eulogy at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church…
Staff Reporter. The coastal city of Beira in Mozambique, which houses one of the country's most important ports, has seen mild damage to property and flooding after tropical cyclone Eloise made landfall early on Saturday, an official said in a television report. The cyclone has since lost its strength and…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. A delay in South Africa’s Covid-19 vaccination programme could lead to a third wave of the virus, the Sunday Times reports. Vaccinologist professor Shabir Madhi told the paper that the government was late to the game in acquiring a vaccine, warning that another wave could resurface within…
Politicians, friends and family will gather today to bid final farewell to late minister in the presidency, Jackson Mthembu. Mthembu's funeral will be held in his hometown of Emalahleni in Mpumalanga. He died from COVID-19 related complications on Thursday, after being admitted to Military 1 Hospital in Tshwane earlier this…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that the number of Covid-19 cases in South Africa has increased by 12 271 to 1 404 839. At 28 359, Gauteng currently has the highest number of active Covid-19 cases, with the Western Cape following closely at 26 480 active cases. The province…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. According to South African History Online, Mthembu had his humble beginnings in Witbank. Raised by his grandmother, Sarah Mthembu, and his uncles, he grew up in Kromkrans, a reserve for black people between Hendrina and Carolina in the then Transvaal. Aged seven, Mthembu was subjected to hard…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. It is with profound sadness that the family of Jonas Mosa Gwangwa announce his passing. Seventeen days after we lost our Mother, our Father left this earth to join his lifetime sweetheart and soul mate, this morning at the age of 83. A loving and devoted husband,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Kgalema Motlanthe will take over the day-to-day running of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, along with two trustees, amid allegations of corruption among senior management. The board of trustees of the Nelson Mandela Foundation has held two extraordinary board meetings this week to discuss allegations by some staff…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Tropical cyclone Eloise made landfall in Mozambique early on Saturday, hitting the coastal city of Beira with huge gusts of wind and heavy rains, but was losing strength as it progressed, a South African weather official said. "Eloise made landfall around 2:30 a.m. in the morning with…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The coronavirus has exposed the "catastrophic effects" of ignoring long-term risks such as pandemics, and the economic and political consequences could cause more crises for years to come, according to the World Economic Forum. The WEF’s annual survey of global risks lists infectious disease and livelihood crises…
Staff Reporter. South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has granted the health department permission to distribute the vaccine from AstraZeneca Plc and the University of Oxford in its first nod for Covid-19 inoculations. The National Department of Health has been recognized by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Health says it has observed a decline in Covid-19 transmissions in South Africa over the past week. This is evidenced by a reduction daily cases, a steadily decreasing positivity rate (19% today from a high of 36% in at the peak of the second wave),…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Richard Grassie. SA billionaire Johann Rupert "did not jump any queue" by getting the Covid-19 vaccine in Switzerland, this is according to Remgro CEO Jannie Durand. Asked for a response to the story, Durand said: "He did not jump any queue. He was part of the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has hinted that the country may need to borrow more money to foot the bill for the rollout of the vaccine. In his leaked address to the African National Congress (ANC) lekgotla being held on Friday, the president said the programme was a public…
Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is 1 392 568, with the total number of deaths at 40 076. Mkhize said on Friday that 11,761 new cases were confirmed in the past 24 hours — but this was at…
Staff Reporter. The South African Weather Service has on Friday warned that the tropical storm in Mozambique and Madagascar has now intensified into a tropical cyclone. The Beira coastline in Mozambique is bracing for the arrival of Cyclone Eloise. The cyclone, named Eloise, started as a tropical storm in Madagascar…
Staff Reporter. The Communication Workers Union (CWU) says its blackout at the SABC sent a strong message to management that it had failed in its duty to run the public broadcaster. Unions at the state broadcaster have ended their four-hour long blackout on Friday against the planned retrenchments. Employees have…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Esa Alexander. Thales SA will have to face racketeering charges, the Pietermaritzburg high court ruled on Friday when it dismissed the French arms company’s review application. "The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) welcomes the decision of the high court to dismiss the application of the French arms…
Staff Reporter. Following the recent announcement by the Minister of Home Affairs, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, on the temporary suspension of applications for IDs, passports and marriage services due to the increasing numbers of Department of Home Affairs (DHA) staff testing positive for COVID-19, the annual historic Robben Island Valentine's Day…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The late Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu, is to be laid to rest this weekend at his home in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga. The Presidency said on Friday he would be honoured with an Official Funeral Category 1 on Sunday, 24 January 2021. Proceedings will commence at 09:00.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. File: President Cyril Ramaphosa meets the National Planning Commission on 6 August 2019. Picture: @PresidencyZA/Twitter The National Planning Commission (NPC) has published a new report which focuses on the 'course correction' of South Africa’s economy. The commission was established in 2010 to develop a long term vision…
Staff Reporter. Western Cape Human Settlements MEC Tertuis Simmers says the construction of emergency structures for Masiphumelele residents who were displaced during a devastating fire last year, is making steady progress. More than 6 000 residents of Masiphumelele and Taiwan informal settlements were left destitute after a blaze wrecked 1…
Staff Reporter. In a historic development for transparency and accountability in South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa has determined that the Political Party Funding Act will come into operation on 1 April 2021. This comes after the President signed a Proclamation on the Commencement of the Political Party Funding Act, 2018…
Staff Reporter. The fatalities on South African roads during the 2020 festive season declined by seven percent when compared to the previous period. "Overall, we recorded 1 448 fatalities from 1 210 fatal crashes. This represents a 7% decline in fatalities and 10.3% decline in fatal crashes year-on-year," Minister of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Anaesthetist Dr Kgopotso Rudolph Mononyane, was meant to leave Johannesburg’s Milpark Hospital as part of a medical crew that was flying to Durban to transport a critically-ill patient. But that flight was put on hold, with the doctor called in to try to save the life of…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. South African taxpayers should brace for the announcement of further tax hikes in Finance minister Tito Mboweni’s February budget speech, as the government grapples with a growing debt burden and revenue losses from the Covid-19 pandemic. National Treasury has said that it plans to raise R40…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. India has officially begun commercial Covid-19 vaccine exports, with the first shipments from the country expected to leave on Friday (22 January). Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla told Reuters that the first consignments will be shipped to Brazil and Morocco. He added that South Africa and Saudi…
In a statement, Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said the total number of coronavirus cases in South Africa has increased to 1 380 807. This is an increase of 11 381 new cases identified in the last 24 hours. The cumulative total of tests conducted to date is 7 820…
Staff Reporter. South Africa’s six key priorities of the African Union (AU) have had to take a backseat due to COVID-19, with President Cyril Ramaphosa leading the continent’s response to the pandemic and ensuring collaboration in this important battle. While 2020 has been an unprecedented year, the Department of International…
Staff Reporter. A Netcare emergency rescue helicopter has crashed in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), killing all five people onboard. Netcare 911 MD Craig Grindell said in a statement that a medical helicopter crashed near Bergville, claiming the lives of all on board. "We are profoundly saddened, and our deepest sympathies are with…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The ANC and political parties across the board have paid tribute to Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu, who died of Covid-related complications on Thursday. He was 62 years old. Born in 1958, Mthembu fought against apartheid from his student days in the 1970s and helped set…
The ANC is briefing the media on Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu's death. Mthembu died on Thursday due to COVID-19 complications. He has been hailed as a life-long champion of freedom and democracy. Livestream Video Below: Courtesy of ENCA.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu passed away earlier today from COVID-related complications, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Thursday. "It is with deep sorrow and shock that we announce that Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu passed away earlier today from Covid-related complications. Our…
Staff Reporter. The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) is collaborating with global healthcare companies for research on genetic diversity in Africa. According to the SAMRC, this comes after the council successfully applied to facilitate the administration of a project jointly funded by multinational pharmaceutical companies, GSK and Novartis in…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Gallo Images. KLM Royal Dutch airlines has announced the discontinuation of flights to and from South Africa after the Dutch government placed a travel ban on the country. The ban, which is effect from 23 January 2021, includes all flights with passengers from South Africa, the…
The funeral for KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport Bheki Ntuli is currently under way at eSikhaleni township outside Mpangeni. 63-year-old Ntuli died last week from COVID-19 complications. Livestream Video Below: Courtesy of SABC.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Motsweding FM presenter Kabelo KB Molopyane has been laid to rest in Mmabatho. Molopyane has been with Motsweding FM at the time of his death and has presented all the weekday primetime shows that include standing in all the evening and night shows. He also hosted other…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. File Photo. Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane said that the perjury charges against her were frivolous and she wanted them withdrawn. She made a brief appearance at the Pretoria Magistrates Court on Thursday morning, where the case against her was postponed. In a short appearance before the Pretoria…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former Gauteng health MEC Bandile Masuku will today attempt to convince the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria to declare the Special Investigating Unit’s findings and recommendations against him unlawful, unconstitutional and invalid. The former MEC was fired by Premier David Makhura in October last year after…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. Western Cape premier Alan Winde says he has written to Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize to request that some lockdown restrictions be relaxed in the province in an effort to save jobs in the province. Winde said that request was based on evidence and data, setting…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. In one of the most talked-about moments at Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s inauguration, poet Amanda Gorman summoned images dire and triumphant on Wednesday as she called out to the world "even as we grieved, we grew". Gorman, 22, is the youngest poet in US history to…
SA recorded 12,710 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, after two consecutive days of fewer than 10,000 new infections. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said on Wednesday night that the new infections meant that 1,369,426 cumulative cases have now been recorded countrywide since the outbreak of the coronavirus…
Staff Reporter. China is sanctioning more than two dozen officials and members of former US president Donald Trump's cabinet, including his secretary of state Mike Pompeo, for violating the country's "sovereignty". The foreign ministry said Wednesday, "China has decided to sanction 28 persons who have seriously violated China's sovereignty." This…
Staff Reporter. MultiChoice South Africa has announced that 236 students will benefit from bursaries worth R26 million as part of its 2021 bursary programme. The media group said that these bursaries will pay for tertiary education for students in a number of fields including science, technology, engineering, maths, broadcasting and…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Stock Photo. The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has reiterated its commitment to enhance sustainable water supply and sanitation services across the country. This comes as the country battles the second wave of the Coronavirus pandemic and its brutal variant, affecting several municipalities identified as…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. Public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane is expected to appear in court on Thursday on perjury charges. She faces three charges in the Pretoria magistrate’s court. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in December charged Mkhwebane with perjury after the findings of the Constitutional Court in her case against…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Joe Biden is being inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States at the US Capitol's western front. Kamala Harris will be sworn in as his Vice President. With the coronavirus pandemic raging, the general public is essentially barred from attending the swearing-in, leading to the…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Basic Educations says several provinces have completed the marking of Grade 12 exam papers ahead of schedule, and that results will be released on time. According to the department’s Assessment and Examination Director, Priscilla Ogunbanjo, over 90% of centres, which were scheduled to finalise the…
Staff Reporter. Statistics South Africa has published its Consumer Price Index (CPI) for December 2020, capping off a year which saw an average annual inflation rate of just 3.3%. This is the lowest annual average rate since 2004 (1.4%) and the second-lowest since 1969 (3%). Annual inflation ended 2020 at…
Staff Reporter. Cabinet held a special meeting on Tuesday (19 January) to discuss the progress report from the National Coronavirus Command Council. Data presented at the meeting showed a downward trend of Covid-19 infections across much of the country. "Though still early, Cabinet appreciated the downward trend of infections across…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Durban University of Technology. The former Ukhozi FM station manager Welcome 'Bhodloza' Nzimande is to be laid to rest on Wednesday. 'Bhodloza', as he was popularly known, passed away on Friday following Covid-19 related complications. President Cyril Ramaphosa has authorised a state funeral for the late…
Staff Reporter. Cabinet has approved the appointment of a 16-member Inter-Ministerial Committee on the COVID-19 vaccination rollout programme. In a statement, Cabinet said the IMC would assist with quick decision-making from all the relevant departments that contribute towards the smooth rollout of the vaccination programme. The decision was taken on…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says that the government will look at how black-owned businesses can participate in the recovery of the country’s economy in 2021. Speaking at the ANC’s Progressive Business Forum on Tuesday (19 January), the president said this will include a focus on the key economic…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Joe Biden will be sworn on Wednesday as the 46th president of the United States, during a day steeped in tradition and ceremony that nonetheless has been altered due to the pandemic and tight security after the January 6 attack on the Capitol. Biden and his wife…
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in his daily update that the number of Covid-19 cases in South Africa has risen by 9 780 to 1 356 716. The cumulative total of tests conducted to date is 7 700 019 with 46 648 new tests conducted since the last report,…
Staff Reporter. The Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) is embroiled in a scandal related to allegations of procurement impropriety, misuse of company credit cards and abuse of power against its CEO Sello Hatang and COO Limpho Monyamane. Sunday Times Daily reported that it has spoken to three people in the foundation,…
Staff Reporter. A financial professional, who bought a winning ticket for the Powerball draw on January 15, may have just lost his live-in girlfriend but he’s won himself a whole new lease on life. In a statement, PowerBall and Lotto operator Ithuba Holdings said the man had claimed his winnings…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has deployed 2 122 members of the South African National Defence Force (Sandf) to enforce Covid-19 regulations. Ramaphosa sent a letter to Parliament’s portfolio committee on defence over the latest deployment. It made the revelation after receiving a letter from President Cyril Ramaphosa dated…
Staff Reporter. Following the release of the Council for Medical Schemes’ (CMS) Section 59 Investigation Preliminary Report, Dr Katlego Mothudi, Managing Director of the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) said, "The BHF recognises the negative impact that the issues raised by the panel can have on the healthcare industry, and…
Staff Reporter. The Democratic Alliance's Nqaba Bhanga will remain mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay for at least seven more days. In terms of an out of court settlement between the party and Eastern Cape Cooperative Governance MEC, Xolile Nqata, a special council meeting will be held in seven days to…
Staff Reporter. The South African government is in the process of developing an electronic vaccination data system (EVDS) to assist with the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccines across the country. The system aims to assist in both the management and surveillance of the Covid-19 vaccine. Among other features, the EVDS will…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Pretoria high court has struck from the roll the application by the Government Employees Medical Scheme (Gems) and the Board of Healthcare Finders to interdict the public release of an interim report that makes interim findings about racial discrimination against doctors by medical schemes. The order…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Health has warned that high-dose blood thinners may harm critically ill COVID-19 patients. This comes after recent evidence from a large randomised controlled clinical trial - a collaboration of three international groups - revealed that high-dose compared to low-dose blood thinners did not help critically…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Alon Skuy. The African National Congress (ANC) sent a letter to uMkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans (MKMVA) spokesperson Carl Niehaus on Tuesday, informing him that it intended to suspend him from his job in the party after he launched a public attack on the party’s deputy secretary-general…
Staff Reporter. Eskom has suspended loadshedding as the generation capacity has improved following the return of some generators to service. "Over the past 24 hours, Eskom teams have successfully returned two generation units each at Kusile, Kriel, and one at Tutuka Power Stations to service," Eskom said on Monday. The…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said in his daily update that South Africa has recorded 9 010 new cases and a further 344 Covid-19 related deaths over the past 24 hours. Of the deaths recorded on Monday, 91 were from KwaZulu-Natal, 88 from the Western Cape, 66 from the Eastern Cape,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Epidemiologist and infectious diseases specialist Professor Salim Abdool Karim says scientists have new evidence that the new Covid variant, 501.V2 found in South Africa is stronger and spreads faster. Karim was speaking during a scientific panel discussion, led by Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize on the new…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Simphiwe Nkwali. Gauteng MEC for Education Panyaza LesufI has commended Helpmekaar Kollege school management in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, for reconsidering the reopening of the school amid the raging Covid-19 pandemic. Lesufi was at the school on Monday morning following weekend media reports that the school had sent…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. Public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has announced that she is on sabbatical until the end of March this year. In a statement on Monday, Mkhwebane's office said her reason for the surprise move was for her to get some rest. The under-fire Mkhwebane is facing three counts…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa has technical capabilities to produce vaccines as the country battles with the COVID-19 resurgence. According to the Higher Education and Training Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, the threat of future pandemics, has propelled the country's ability to develop and manufacture vaccines locally into the spotlight. "Why…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Department of Higher education is the latest sector to delay its re-opening dates with 16 universities still finalising their academic year. Addressing the media on Monday, Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, announced that universities will start the academic year between early-March and mid-April.…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize joins other scientists in a virtual panel discussion on the new COVID-19 variant, 501Y.V2. Livestream Video below: Video Courtesy of SABC.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says that South Africa is beginning to see the benefits of its latest level 3 lockdown and its ability to manage a second surge in Covid-19 cases. In a media briefing earlier, Mkhize said that the first 'green shoots' are appearing and…
Photo Credit: GCIS. Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande is briefing the media on the state of readiness of tertiary institutions to start the acaddemic year. Livestream: Nzimande briefs media on opening of tertiary institutions: Video Courtesy of SABC:
Staff Reporter. Eskom is working with Johannesburg City Power to reduce the duration of load-shedding in Johannesburg. City Power customers in Johannesburg are the only ones to experience four-hour blocks of continuous load-shedding, the power utility said in a tweet. "Due to the interconnectedness with City Power systems, Eskom is…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa has answered on a number of key issues currently facing South Africa, including the extension of Covid-19 grants and the rollout of vaccines. In a series of interviews over the weekend, the president also spoke on the issue of alcohol sales and…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Pixabay. Gauteng police have confirmed the arrest of three managers of popular restaurants in Sandton and Silverton for selling liquor to patrons, in contravention to the Disaster Management Act and COVID-19 level three lockdown regulations. In a statement, Gauteng SAPS spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo said police…
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases identified on South Africa is 1 337 926 with a total of 12 267 new cases identified since the last report. The cumulative total of tests conducted to date is 7 613 470 with …
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has confirmed the passing of Kabelo KB Molopyane, who was working at Motsweding FM as a presenter. While details surrounding the radio personality’s death are still unclear, its understood Molopyane passed away this morning. Molopyane has been with Motsweding FM since…
Staff Reporter. KwaZulu-Natal transport, community safety and liaison MEC Bheki Ntuli has died after a short illness. In a short statement, the ANC in KZN said that Ntuli - also a member of the provincial executive committee - died on Saturday. It is believed he died of Covid-19 related complications.…
Staff Reporter. Power utility Eskom Holdings anticipates electricity shortages on a weekly basis for the next three months, raising the specter of regular power cuts through April. Eskom's "likely risk scenario" over the next three months shows a deficit of more than 2,001 megawatts to meet demand and reserves, according…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Gallo Images. The Bapedi King, Victor Kgoshikgolo Thulare Thulare III, will be laid to rest on Sunday. Thulare was the son of the late King Rhyne Thulare who died in 2007, while Victor was still too young to be crowned King. Those close to the family…
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in his daily update that the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases identified on South Africa is 1 325 659. This is an increase of 13 973 of new cases identified in the last 24 hours. Mkhize said a further 384 COVID19 related deaths have…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Gallo Images. Johannesburg is one of the 10 unhealthiest cities in the world to live in, according to a new study which ranked 44 global cities. This is despite having only less sunshine than Cairo, Tel Aviv and Los Angeles, Johannesburg ranked 39th out 44…
Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda. Staff Reporter. Uganda's election commission on Saturday declared incumbent Yoweri Museveni the winner of the presidential election, extending his 35-year rule as his main rival alleged fraud and urged citizens to reject the result. Museveni won 5.85 million votes, or 58.64 percent, of the total…
Staff Reporter. The Black Sash has called for the intervention of President Cyril Ramaphosa after police turned a water cannon on social grant applicants queuing outside a SA Social Security Agency office in Cape Town. The human rights organisation said the use of force — from a vehicle containing Social…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Teachers' Union (SADTU) says it does not agree with the decision by the Basic Education Department and the National Coronavirus Command Council that school management teams and educators return to work on the 25th of this month and 1 February respectively. SADTU has, however, welcomed the decision…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Democratic Alliance (DA) says that it will prepare draft legislation in 2021 to amend the Disaster Management Act and bring future lockdowns under parliamentary control. The party has criticised the government’s extended state of disaster extensions and is currently challenging the constitutionality of section 27 of…
Staff Reporter. Gauteng police have confirmed that a formal case of rape has been opened against two well-known radio personalities. Earlier this week, a woman took to Twitter, accusing DJ Fresh and Euphonik of drugging and raping her in 2011. @DJFreshSA & @euphonik will you ever acknowledge drunking me &…
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement on Friday that the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases identified in South Africa is 1 311 686. This is an increase of 14 880 new cases in the last 24 hours. The cumulative total of tests conducted to date is 7…
Staff Reporter. Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine on Friday claimed victory in presidential elections, rejecting as a "joke" early results that gave incumbent President Yoweri Museveni a wide lead. The electoral commission said on Friday that with 49.1 percent of votes from Thursday’s ballot counted, Museveni had won 3.9 million,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe has defended his close links with the Gupta brothers. Molefe, testifying at the state capture commission on Friday, said he met the Guptas for the first time around 2007 or 2008. He admitted having visited their residence in Saxonwold "several times over…
Staff Reporter. The Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) has expressed sadness at the passing of its Chief Executive (CEO), Dr Bongumenzi Emmanuel Mpungose. Dr Mpungose passed away on Thursday morning. The CEO had joined PanSALB in April last year and previously held the position of Section Manager for Language…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Durban University of Technology. The legendary Ukhozi FM presenter Welcome Nzimande has died. Popularly known as Bhodloza, Mzimande died friday morning after a short illness. At the time of his death he was working for the Department of Labour as UIF Board Chairperson, having joined…
The much awaited evidence of former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe is expected to be heard on Friday at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, Johannesburg. Molefe is alleged to have been at the centre of State Capture at the power utility. He is alleged to have abused his power…
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